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Cecilia Njenga

Cecilia Njenga, an Economist/Urban and Regional Planner is currently Head of the UN Environment Office in South Africa, with over twenty-five years of progressive work experience in the sustainable development field, of which 20 years have been with the United Nations system. Cecilia’s work has centred on leading country, regional and global programmes on urban/city development, climate change, biodiversity conservation and promoting partnership building and inter-agency cooperation. She has played a key role in building capacity and advocating for the implementation and domestication of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) by promoting practical approaches and high impact collaborative and transformative initiatives to tackle poverty, inequality, ignorance and unemployment. In the last six years she has established the strategic presence for UN Environment in the Southern Africa region. Prior to joining the United Nations, Cecilia worked as a gender and environment activist, promoting the role of women in development and youth across Africa and globally. During her free time, Cecilia is a lover of classical music, theatre and art.